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3 Quick tips for OpenText Web Content Management or RedDot CMS

1. When using direct edit to change text inline, you have three keyboard shortcuts

  • Ctrl + B = Bold
  • Ctrl + U = Underline
  • Ctrl + I = Italic

2. How to see the source code when in RedDot v10 with context menu

Usually you get the context menu when you use the right-click in version 10.
If you hold down the “Ctrl” key and right-click you can access the “normal” context menu and select “View source” (in Internet Explorer, bleh..).

3. Placing elements before the HTML tag allows you to edit custom attributes

You can simply do this:

OpenText Web Content Management placeholder tricks

Put the placeholder for an image element or an link element in front of the HTML tag.
You will get this HTML as result:

OpenText Web Content Management placeholder tricks

The OpenText CMS merges the RedDot element and HTML tag and allows you to add custom CSS classes, attributes and standard fields to add data to your HTML without having to edit the element itself. Magic. (sort of..)

You can download the demo template here (make sure you rename it to .rdtp).
And the placeholder image here (in case you don’t have one handy..).

Thanks to Rob, who reminded me that this last templating trick was only shown in the “old” RedDot CMS days and isn’t taught anymore these days by most RedDot CMS consultants.

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Markus Giesen Markus Giesen is a Solutions Architect and RedDot CMS Consultant, formerly based in Germany. Travelling around the world to find and offer solutions for a better world (in a very web based meaning). He just found a way to do this as part of a Melbourne based online consultant house. On this blog Markus shares his personal (not his employers) thoughts and opinions on CMS and web development. In his spare time you will find him reading, snowboarding or travelling. Also, you should follow him on Twitter!


5 comments for “3 Quick tips for OpenText Web Content Management or RedDot CMS”

  1. Thanks for that last one Markus, in all my years, I’d never seen that one before.

    Posted by Gavin | December 16, 2010, 9:12 am
  2. Great post!

    Just want add more information regarding trick #3, which has been advised by the Management Server development team that though such technique may continue to function, but may become obsolete in future version.

    Alternatively, if the following conditions apply:
    1. NOT using insert path and file name option in the placeholder properties

    2. Additional tag attributes are static, not from another placeholder

    One may use the “Supplement” field in the placeholder properties to add additional static attributes.

    Posted by Jian Huang | December 20, 2010, 6:18 pm
  3. Good read. I am working on Reddot projects for 3 plus years now and never saw no application of such trick before. Definitely good thing to know.

    Posted by Sud | December 29, 2010, 1:33 pm
  4. Trick #3 is simply fantastic. Never saw it before either.

    Posted by Morgan Ritchings | February 17, 2011, 6:07 am
  5. You’re welcome! Feel free to donate a beer next time you’re in Melbourne ;)

    Posted by Markus Giesen | February 17, 2011, 6:42 am

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